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SanDisk Sansa Clip Zip 1.1
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggs Nice while it lasted. 10/23/2013

This review is from: SanDisk Sansa Clip Zip 1.1" Black 4GB MP3 Player SDMX22-004G-A57K

Pros: Holds a decent amount of music. Compact and usually easy to use.

Cons: I've owned this unit for 6 months and 5 days. I use it once a week for a 3-4 hour period, then a 1-2 hour break, then another 3-4 hour period. Today it decided to cease all functioning in mid-stride. I did not touch it or bump it. I've never dropped the unit. It just died. I'm really not happy at all about now having to replace this & go through all the effort I made to put the entertainment I wanted to take with me onto a new unit. I'll have to search, convert, tag, & upload it all again. Yes I know I could have saved a back up, but since I already have the original files, and this unit is still new in my opinion, I did not feel the need to do this since space is important on my hard drives.
This doesn't have a locking control that slides & stays locked like previous models. The power button is on the top, turning the unit on/off by holding the button down. To lock the player so unintended pressing doesn't change the playback mode, you press the power button briefly. The problem with this is if you accidentally touch that button, the unit unlocks & the controls are active again & the next touch of any control will cease your playback. The original design of a sliding control for locking the unit doesn't allow for that mistake.
This unit cannot be charged & used at the same time, nor was I ever able to enable playback of media on the unit through my computer.
There is no way to change a dead battery on this unit. Instead you get to discard the unit and buy a new one. This is of course the way everything is made these days but still I would have like to have seen that when I was researching this before I bought it. I really resent this form of marketing.
I was never able to get this unit to play other file types had to convert everything I put on it to MP3's. This is possibly a fault of mine though as maybe I didn't know something I needed to know.
A color led screen is nice, but hardly necessary in my opinion, considering this is designed for "active" users who not sitting there looking at the unit. I'd prefer that one of the other issues I have with the design be addressed & gladly give up the color feature. It's actually harder for me to read the information on the colored screen than it is on the older Sans Disc model I have.
Considering this is designed for people on the go, I have to say the controls are not optimal. It's common for me to think I'm pressing the correct area of the control pad but to get a different response than I intended. Very careful attention will decrease the number of times I do this, but that's my point. I'm not paying attention to the unit, I'm active & occupied, & that means I don't have the time to take it off & look at it & figure it out. This isn't me complaining, I'm simply describing the experience that comes with using this unit as it was intended to be used.
The card is a separate source, so music saved to the unit cannot be played with music on the card when in shuffle mode.

Other Thoughts: I purchased this when getting an external hard drive, meaning this wasn't what I was paying attention to during the purchase process. I'll not be distracted during my next purchase & will certainly purchase a warranty for the next MP3 player. My fault for not getting the warranty for this, but my first Sans Disc player has lasted for years, & really, with modern technology where it is today, there really is no excuse for something to suddenly stop working. Why do you think they design these so that when the rechargeable battery dies it can't be replaced!? Maybe I'll try one more time.

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Display Name: James B.

Date Joined: 05/12/09

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